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Greg Kerkvliet

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I remember that his numbers led to some stats guys evaluating him highly last summer (at least a few people on Canis Hoopus wanted the Wolves to take him with the 1st rounder they sold to the Warriors). He seems like a good test case for how much advanced stats can predict success with efficient players. Jon Leuer seems like a similar comparison, for his efficiency numbers haven't translated to a rotation role yet.

Posted on 03/19/14 at 05:31 pm in response to Wolves' expectations and realities: Ricky Rubio as scapegoat?

Advanced stats are getting better at the value of his passing: he leads the league in FT attempts created by assist, is tied for 1st in secondary assists (the pass leading to the pass that gets the shot), and is 5th in points created by assist per game, a number that obviously relies on his misfiring teammates making shots. He's also almost 40% from 3 everywhere but the corners (and I have no problem with him not being stationed in those areas).

I generally avoid questioning the coach...

Posted on 03/12/14 at 12:17 pm in response to Wolves' playoff chase: All over but the sighing

I actually think expectations among casual fans and diehards is the opposite: diehard fans have become cynical from the losing and injury-ravaged seasons that anything is better than that, while the bandwagon jumpers, desperate for a winning team to be associated with because of the Twins' and Vikings' recent failures, are outraged at things they don't fully understand because they haven't followed the team closely enough in previous seasons to understand. It's so obvious when hearing the...

Posted on 03/12/14 at 07:14 pm in response to Wolves' playoff chase: All over but the sighing

isn't anywhere close to calling them stupid. Maybe it's just annoyance at the same regurgitated ESPN and sports talk radio opinions and at the mentality of not showing appreciation for the good stuff, especially while attending sparsely-attended games where the crowd makes little effort at providing a home court advantage. Even when the losing (or even the winning) gets annoying, watching pro hoops is a voluntary activity that people do without any real personal stake in the outcome.

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Posted on 03/08/14 at 12:52 pm in response to Wolves' final quarter: Reasonably desperate measures

It's more the Gardy who was still winning division championships due to a weak division as his farm system was falling apart. A bit set in his ways, yes, but still successful.

To be fair to JJ, he played this same role last season before Rubio came back; he's playing worse now, but it also looks worse because Rubio's game is rooted in selflessness. JJ's griping is starting to bug me; is he a fiery leader or just a squeaky wheel?

Based on current productivity, I'd say Brewer,...

Posted on 02/27/14 at 02:26 pm in response to Wolves will enter March with flickering hopes — or flickering out?

He stayed within his abilities while being guarded by someone whose only court value is defense and physicality. At this point, he's like a running back who's a short-yardage specialist: there's value in having him the game in certain situations, but it's counterproductive to just let him play. He wasn't ready before Budinger returned. The one getting most of the blame is most responsible for his success; Adelman puts him in the one spot he can succeed and centers the offense around him....

Posted on 02/21/14 at 04:42 pm in response to Wolves' Kevin Love gets to wag the dog

1. The chatter around the deadline was interesting for how much national and local media differed. No one in MN believes Love is staying for sure; they just knew he wasn't being shopped around. That translated on a national level as delusional/naive.

2. I'm torn about the general rule of not trading superstars in this case, since a package centered around a lottery pick in this draft might make sense. I had no attachment to any other player on that last KG team, but I'd have to avoid...

Posted on 02/21/14 at 07:07 pm in response to Wolves' Kevin Love gets to wag the dog

I should clarify: my affection is only for Rubio and Pek. Everyone else fits in the same category as most non-KG ex-Wolves: I like a few more than others, but how much I'd miss them would have more to do with what the team got in return.

Also, the new CBA states that a max deal for a sign and trade is exactly the same as a max deal for a guy signing outright with another team (only 4 years, 4.5% raises). The OKC idea gets floated out there some, but with the exception of Ibaka (who is...

Posted on 02/15/14 at 04:06 pm in response to NBA at the All-Star break: Time for all to take stock

One minor thing: a lockout-shortened season isn't the same as a strike-shortened season. It places the onus for the stoppage on the opposite side.

Posted on 02/11/14 at 02:47 pm in response to Wolves' swan dive: Disintegrated hopes

Their best option is trying to find other teams unhappy with their lot and make a few equivalent contract trades to see if something sparks. Love, Rubio, and Pek aren't being moved, and it wouldn't make sense to move Martin (contract), Budinger (injury) or Turiaf (low value, team-friendly deal, worth keeping). If they follow the logic of not taking on any more years than they send out, I have no problem with moving any of the other guys on the roster. I'd miss DC and wonder what might've...